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Labour MP: ‘Women Could Wait 60 Years For Equal Pay’

Friday 8th August 2014

Conservatives are “turning the clock back” for women in the workplace, says Labour MP Gloria De Piero.


Labour Shadow Minister for women, Gloria De Piero has warned that the gender pay gap could continue in the UK for another 60 years.

It has been 40 years since the Equal Pay Act was enacted but figures still show that women earn 81.5 pence for every pound her male counterpart receives. The disparity of 20% casts shadow on David Cameron’s recent apparent efforts to place women in higher posts within his Government.

The figures, compiled by the Office for National Statistics, showed that, in Ms De Piero’s constituency of Ashfield, women earned a median hourly wage of £8.39 compared to men who earned £10.29.

Statistics also show that a record number of women are doing part time work with 750,000 women on zero hour contracts.

De Piero said: “It seems extraordinary in an age when girls are outperforming boys at school, going to university in greater numbers and running FTSE 100 companies that pay inequality still exists, but it does.”

Figures published from the House of Commons show that the wage gap has decreased at a rate of less than 0.5 per cent a year. This means that at its current rate, true parity will be reached in sixty years. At that point, 100 years will have gone by since the Equal Pay Act was passed.

 “What is really depressing is that things are going backwards on David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s watch.”

Numbers revealed by Labour show that the Coalition has only closed the wage gap by 0.1% in the last four years.